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The inseparable bond between Philosophy and Science

What is science without philosophy and philosophy without science.

The ‘connection’ between science and philosophy has endured for thousands of years. In present-day conditions it has not only been preserved but it has also been growing substantially stronger.
By this century, the scale of the scientific works and the social significance of research have acquired huge proportions. For example,
philosophy and physics were at first found to be only organically interconnected, particularly in the works of Galileo, Descartes, Kepler, Newton, Lomonosov, Mendeleyev and Einstein, and generally in the work of all the scientists with a broad outlook.

At one time it was commonly held that philosophy was the ‘science of sciences’, their supreme ruler. Today ‘physics’ is regarded as the queen of sciences.
And both views contain a certain measure of truth. Physics with its tradition, the specific objects of study and the vast range of exact methods of observation and experiment exerts an exceptionally fruitful influence on all or nearly all spheres of knowledge.

Philosophy may be called the “science of sciences” in the sense that it is, in effect, the ” ‘self-awareness’ of the sciences” and the source from which all the sciences draw their world-view and methodological principles, which in the course of centuries have been honed down into concise forms.

In that sense,
we can very well say that this,
is a world born out of thought!

On the whole, philosophy and the sciences are equal partners assisting creative thought in its explorations to attain generalising truth. Philosophy does not replace the specialised sciences and does not command them, but it does arm them with general principles of theoretical thinking, with a method of cognition and world-view. In this sense scientific philosophy legitimately holds one of the key positions in the system of the sciences, and maybe considered as the progenitor of them all.

From Einstein to Darwin, Socrates to Galilee, all that they were doing were ‘thought experiments’.

What are your thoughts on it?

• Can philosophy develop by itself, without the support of science?

•Can science “work” without philosophy?

•Has science reached such a level of theoretical thought that it no longer needs philosophy?

•Is the connection between philosophy and science so mutual that either one of them can’t be characterised without mentioning their ever-deepening interaction?

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  1. The great polymath Jacob Bronowski, a man with a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for the interplay of ideas, described science as “a very human form of knowledge”…
    I think those moments where we pause and consider the place we are standing, and what it says about us, will always exert a profound power:

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